Gates of Vienna News Feed 7/3/2022

A young man went on a shooting rampage in a shopping mall in the southern suburbs of Copenhagen, killing at least three people and wounding three others. A 22-year-old suspect has been arrested. Various websites identify him as an ethnic Dane named Noah Esbensen. He is said to mentally ill; there’s no word on whether he might be a recent convert to mental illness.

In other news, in response to raging inflation, the central banks of Sweden and Norway have raised their interest rates by 50 basis points.

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Thanks to Dean, DV, Reader from Chicago, Roger, SS, Upananda Brahmachari, and all the other tipsters who sent these in.

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Financial Crisis
» Argentine Economy Minister Martin Guzman Resigns Amid Inflation, Diesel Woes
» Jeff Bezos Slams Biden for ‘Misdirection’ Over Inflation
» JPMorgan Sees ‘Stratospheric’ $380 Oil on Worst-Case Russian Cut
» Norway Announces 50 Basis Point Hike to Interest Rates, Largest for 20 Years
» Poland’s CPI Hits 15.6 pct y/y in May — Stats Office
» Sweden’s Central Bank Announces Sharpest Rate Hike in 22 Years
 
USA
» 20 States Are Using Legislation to Ban ‘Zuck Bucks’ From Elections
» Bloody and Violent Fourth of July in Blue Cities
» City of Orlando ‘Regrets’ Impact of Fireworks Promo Saying People ‘Probably Don’t Want to Celebrate’ USA and ‘Can’t Blame Them’
» CIVIQS Poll: Joe Biden’s Job Approval Lowest of Presidency at 30% Overall
» Doctor Who Invented COVID Treatment Known as “Zelenko Protocol” Dies at 48
» Freedom From CRT: State Bans on Critical Race Theory Start in Time for July Fourth
» George Washington Law School Rejects Students’ Demand to Fire Clarence Thomas From Teaching Position
» Hoax? College Won’t Provide Race of Employee Fired for Swastikas, Racial Threats
» Illinois Taxpayers to Pay $17.9 Million to Subsidize Electric Vehicle Purchases
» New York Schools Are Ignoring Facial Recognition Ban
» NY Governor to Require 3 Years of Good “Character and Conduct” on Social Media for Gun Carry Permit
» Oregon Health Officials Delayed a Meeting Because ‘Urgency is a White Supremacy Value’
» Revealed: Jayland Walker Fired at Akron Police Before Officers Shot Him
» SF Couple Gets $1,500 Fine for Parking in Their Driveway Despite Doing So for Nearly 40 Years
» Supreme Court Marshal Appeals to Virginia, Maryland Governors to Help Stop Protests as DOJ Demurs
» The Second Amendment Isn’t Only Guns: Virginia’s Switch Blade Ban Died Today
 
Canada
» COVID Alert App Was Plagued With Trust Issues, Government Report Admits
» Freedom Canada Day Celebrations Press on Despite Additional Security Measures
» James Topp Gets Emotional After Touching the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
» Low Income Canadians Most Hurt by Trudeau’s Second Carbon Tax
» Ottawa Antifa Stages a Protest Against James Topp. And Even They Don’t Know Why!
» Quebec Immunology Professor Suspended for Criticizing COVID Vaccines for Kids
» TDF Lawyers Threatened With Arrest by the Ottawa Police — But Wouldn’t be Stopped!
» ‘The Freedom Convoy’: Andrew Lawton Joins Ezra Levant to Talk About His New Book
 
Europe and the EU
» A Political Shift in Austria
» Danish Police Say Several Dead After Copenhagen Mall Shooting
» Denmark: Three Killed in Copenhagen Mall Shooting, Suspect Arrested
» Ireland: State Exams Slammed for Containing ‘Propaganda’ Pushing BLM, ‘White Privilege’, ‘Micro-Aggressions’
» Movie Review / ‘Ithaka’
» Protesters Removed After Attempting to Enter Track at Start of British Grand Prix
» Seven Arrests Over Track Protest During British Grand Prix
» UK: Halifax Bank Threatens to Close Customer Accounts for “Inappropriate” Social Media Posts
» UK: Julian Assange Submits High Court Appeal to Fight Extradition
 
Russia
» Ukraine Confirms Russia Captured Eastern City Lysychansk
 
South Asia
» Dutch Lawmaker Geert Wilders Supports Nupur Sharma Yet Again, Says ‘Radical Intolerant Jihadi Muslims’ Responsible for Udaipur Murder, Not Her
» India: Bengal STF Seizes Huge Explosives From Sheikh Rintu of Birbhum. Extremist Angels Investigated
 
Australia — Pacific
» Australians Are Urged to Have ‘Courage’ To Stand Up to China as the Despotic Regime Begins to ‘Shape the World in a Way We’Ve Not Seen Before’
» Australia Finally Ends Harsh COVID International Border Restrictions
» Glamorous Heiress, 45, Charged With Having Sex With 14-Year-Old Boy Four Times in One Day
» How Sydney Crime Figures Are Quietly Moving From the Western Suburbs to Hide Out in ‘Safe Houses’ In Trendy Harbourside Areas — With Deadly Consequences
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» Kenya: Woman Allegedly Stabs Her Husband to Death for Buying Cigarettes With Money Meant for Food
 
Latin America
» Livestream: World’s Largest Medical Conference Skeptical of Dr. Fauci and Big Pharma
» YouTube Suspends Legislative Assembly of São Paulo for COVID “Misinformation”
 
Immigration
» Axed Judge Speaks Out on DOJ Effort to Pack Immigration Courts With Amnesty Judges
» Orban Announces New Border Police Force
» Poland Accepts 4.51 Mln Refugees Since War in Ukraine Started
» UK Has Given £310m to Strasbourg Body That Blocked Rwanda Flight… While Officials Repeatedly Reject Requests to Reveal Judge’s Identity
 
Culture Wars
» “I Won’t Apologize, “ Peterson Refuses to Back Down After Suspension on Twitter
» Heartstopper Cast Dance and Bop Defiantly in Front of Anti-LGBT Protesters at London Pride as Over One Million People Take to the Capital’s Streets
» New Offices, Schools, Hospitals in England Must Offer Single-Sex Bathrooms: Report
» Private Schools Across America Partner With Organization That Encourages Child Transgenderism
» The Woke Inquisitors Have Come for the Freethinking Heretics
» UK: J.K. Rowling Targeted by Apparent ‘Pipe Bomb’ Threat From Trans Flag Social Media Account
 

Argentine Economy Minister Martin Guzman Resigns Amid Inflation, Diesel Woes

Argentina’s economy minister resigned unexpectedly Saturday, dealing a fresh blow to the government of President Alberto Ferandez as the country struggles with economic problems.

Martin Guzman stepped down after a week in which Argentina’s currency hit an all-time low against the dollar amid sizzling inflation and truck drivers staged protests over shortages of diesel fuel.

No successor was immediately announced.

[Comment: Further down the article says, “Inflation is running at an annual rate of more than 60% and economists expect the rate to keep worsening.”]

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Jeff Bezos Slams Biden for ‘Misdirection’ Over Inflation

On Saturday, Jeff Bezos took to Twitter to slam President Joe Biden for demanding that gasoline companies to lower their prices, with the billionaire noting that the Biden’s comments were either “misdirection” or “a deep misunderstanding of basic market dynamics.”

Bezos, who is the founder and CEO of Amazon, wrote on Twitter, “Ouch. Inflation is far too important a problem for the White House to keep making statements like this. It’s either straight ahead misdirection or a deep misunderstanding of basic market dynamics.”

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JPMorgan Sees ‘Stratospheric’ $380 Oil on Worst-Case Russian Cut

Global oil prices could reach a “stratospheric” $380 a barrel if US and European penalties prompt Russia to inflict retaliatory crude-output cuts, JPMorgan Chase & Co. analysts warned.

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Norway Announces 50 Basis Point Hike to Interest Rates, Largest for 20 Years

Norway’s central bank announced a 50-basis-point hike to its benchmark interest rate on Thursday, the country’s largest single increase since 2002.

The move takes the policy rate from 0.75% to 1.25%, and Norges Bank Governor Ida Wolden Bache said in a statement that it will likely be raised to 1.5% in August.

The bank’s Monetary Policy and Financial Stability Committee voted unanimously in favor of the rate rise, which was double the level broadly expected by economists.

The committee said in a statement that a “markedly higher” policy rate is needed to stabilize inflation around the Norges Bank’s target of close to 2%. Norwegian consumer price inflation came in at a 13-year high of 5.4% year-on-year in April, significantly above expectations.

[Comment: Article dated June 23, 2022.]

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Poland’s CPI Hits 15.6 pct y/y in May — Stats Office

Prices of consumer goods and services (Consumer Price Index, CPI) increased by 15.6 percent year on year and by 1.5 percent month on month in May 2022, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) reported in a flash estimate on Friday.

Economists polled by PAP Business estimated that April’s CPI would reach 15.5 percent year on year and by 1.4 percent month on month.

This is the highest CPI reading in Poland since 1997.

In April, the prices of consumer goods and services increased by 13.9 percent year on year and by 1.7 percent month on month.

[Comment: Oh my.]

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Sweden’s Central Bank Announces Sharpest Rate Hike in 22 Years

Statistics Sweden has recently presented inflation figures for May, revealing that consumer prices had increased by 7.2 percent in a year.

Sweden’s central bank, Riksbanken, announced on Thursday the sharpest policy rate (previously repo rate) increase in 22 years — by 50 basis points to 0.75 percent.

The decision will apply from July 6.

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20 States Are Using Legislation to Ban ‘Zuck Bucks’ From Elections

Through the first half of 2022, at least 20 states have enacted legislation to ban the infusion of private funding into elections, according to a report.

Capital Research Center, a Washington, D.C.-based conservative nonprofit think tank, has been keeping tabs on states’ disparate responses to private funding to assist with elections operations — a scenario that gained steam in the 2020 presidential election at the height of the pandemic.

In their ongoing analysis, CRC authors Sarah Lee and Hayden Ludwig have pointed to revelations that came to light after the most recent presidential election, including the tech mogul for whom the trend has been named.

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Bloody and Violent Fourth of July in Blue Cities

Democrat-run cities across the United States are seeing a brutal and violent Fourth of July weekend, with dozens of people shot in Chicago, two children shot, one fatally, in Houston and a string of robberies targeting US Postal Service employees in Washington, D.C., and southern Maryland.

Democrat-run cities across the United States are seeing a brutal and violent Fourth of July weekend, with dozens of people shot in Chicago, two children shot, one fatally, in Houston and a string of robberies targeting US Postal Service employees in Washington, D.C., and southern Maryland.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

City of Orlando ‘Regrets’ Impact of Fireworks Promo Saying People ‘Probably Don’t Want to Celebrate’ USA and ‘Can’t Blame Them’

The City of Orlando issued a statement Saturday after sending out a promotion for the city’s fireworks display which claimed that people “probably” don’t want to celebrate because America is full of “hate,” and adding “we can’t blame them.”

The municipality’s City News email on Friday opened with a downer premise, an appeal to come on out to see fireworks for their own sake, despite there being nothing good to like about the United States.

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CIVIQS Poll: Joe Biden’s Job Approval Lowest of Presidency at 30% Overall

President Joe Biden’s job approval rating is down to the lowest of his presidency, 30 percent, and 57 percent disapproval roughly 18 months into his presidency, according to the CIVIQS rolling job-approval average as of July 2.

Only 12 percent of respondents either did not approve or disapprove of the president. Thus, bringing his net job approval down to a negative 27.

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Doctor Who Invented COVID Treatment Known as “Zelenko Protocol” Dies at 48

Dr. Vladimir Zelenko, who developed the early COVID intervention protocol endorsed by former President Trump, passed away on June 30 of pulmonary sarcoma, a rare lung cancer. The news of his passing was published by the Z-Freedom Foundation, the medical and free speech charity Zelenko founded.

Zelenko, an Orthodox Jew, was born in Kyiv, Ukraine but moved to the United States at age three.

[Comment: Rest In Peace to a great man.]

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Freedom From CRT: State Bans on Critical Race Theory Start in Time for July Fourth

Several state laws banning public schools from teaching critical race theory went into effect Friday.

Florida , Georgia , and South Dakota were among those that passed bills banning critical race theory in certain settings during the 2022 legislative session.

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George Washington Law School Rejects Students’ Demand to Fire Clarence Thomas From Teaching Position

George Washington University Law School has rejected students’ demand to fire Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas from his teaching position at the school. According to the students, Thomas has “has stripped the right to bodily autonomy of people with wombs,” and planned “to further strip the rights of queer people and remove the ability for people to practice safe sex without fear of pregnancy.”

Students offended over the U.S. Supreme Court overruling Roe v. Wade on Friday began circulating a petition to fire Justice Thomas, who is also a Professorial Lecturer in Law at George Washington University Law School.

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Hoax? College Won’t Provide Race of Employee Fired for Swastikas, Racial Threats

A private college in Massachusetts fired an employee accused of making dozens of racist threats but will not provide details on his or her race.

The investigation stems from a series of swastikas found on Curry College’s campus in January, along with graffiti directed at black individuals. Previous attempts by The College Fix to obtain photos and evidence of the threats from the university and law enforcement were not successful.

The investigation involved the Milton police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Spokesperson Liz Matson shared a media statement similar to the one below with The Fix but would not answer direct questions twice about the race of the suspect and why it could not be disclosed.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Illinois Taxpayers to Pay $17.9 Million to Subsidize Electric Vehicle Purchases

The race is on for Illinois consumers looking to get a $4,000 taxpayer-funded rebate for buying an electric vehicle.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s administration announced the start of Illinois’ Electric Vehicle Rebate Program that brings about a $4,000 taxpayer-funded rebate for consumers who buy an electric car and a $1,500 rebate for electric motorcycles.

The program is a part of a $17.9 million taxpayer-funded plan to pay for rebates on electric vehicle purchases. The deadline to apply is Sept. 30. Applications are available at a state website.

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New York Schools Are Ignoring Facial Recognition Ban

In December 2020, New York State schools suspended for 18 months the use of facial recognition technology, to study any possible harmful effects on children’s privacy.

The deadline set in 2020 was “at least until July” 2022. But it seems some school districts have just been itching to deploy the tech as soon as possible.

Two of them — the Locust Valley and Thousand Islands districts — have already done it, the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) has revealed. The camera system that will conduct surveillance of students has biometric tools (face detection and face biometrics-based search. The Locust Valley will have them in all elementary schools and administrative premises.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

NY Governor to Require 3 Years of Good “Character and Conduct” on Social Media for Gun Carry Permit

On Friday, New York lawmakers overhauled the state’s firearm licensing laws, to preserve some limits following a decision by the Supreme Court striking down a century-old state law that required someone to demonstrate a unique threat before being allowed to carry a concealed weapon outside of their homes.

After the Supreme Court’s decision, NY Gov. Kathy Hochul called the legislature back to work. Supporters of the new law, which passed both chambers with huge support, say that it strikes the right balance between keeping firearms out of the hands of those likely to carelessly use them and compliance with the Supreme Court ruling.

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Oregon Health Officials Delayed a Meeting Because ‘Urgency is a White Supremacy Value’

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) is a government agency that coordinates medical care and social well-being in the Beaver State. During the pandemic, OHA was responsible for coordinating Oregon’s vaccination drive and disseminating information about COVID-19—both vital tasks.

The agency’s office for equity and inclusion, however, prefers not to rush the business of government. In fact, the office’s program manager delayed a meeting with partner organizations on the stated grounds that “urgency is a white supremacy value.”

In an email obtained by Reason, Regional Health Equity Coalition Program Manager Danielle Droppers informed the community that a scheduled conversation between OHA officials and relevant members of the public would not take place as planned.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Revealed: Jayland Walker Fired at Akron Police Before Officers Shot Him

The Akron Police Department released graphic bodycam footage on Sunday which revealed shocking details surrounding the fatal officer-involved shooting of suspect Jayland Walker.

Jayland Walker, 25, died on Monday after Akron police officers allegedly fired more than 60 rounds of bullets into his body after evading police during a pursuit.

Akron Police Chief Stephen Mylett said during a Sunday press conference that Walker had fired at officers from his vehicle on the expressway when they attempted to make a traffic stop.

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SF Couple Gets $1,500 Fine for Parking in Their Driveway Despite Doing So for Nearly 40 Years

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — It seemed so unfair. They’d been using their carpad for decades — when suddenly the city said it’s illegal. Not only that, they were threatened with a $1,500 fine — a huge penalty even for San Francisco. The only way out? Go back into San Francisco history.

Parking in San Francisco is a difficult part of life here. You find a spot… but get a ticket anyway.

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Supreme Court Marshal Appeals to Virginia, Maryland Governors to Help Stop Protests as DOJ Demurs

While the U.S. Justice Department refuses to enforce a federal law protecting justices, the chief law enforcement official for the Supreme Court is appealing to Maryland and Virginia officials to use local statutes to end the picketing outside the jurists’ homes.

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The Second Amendment Isn’t Only Guns: Virginia’s Switch Blade Ban Died Today

From Knife Rights . . .

Knife Rights’ Virginia Switchblade Ban Repeal Bill, SB 758, is effective today (July 1). The possession, carry, sale, purchase and manufacture of automatic (switchblade) knives will be legal in the state.

NOTE: The concealed carry knife bans in Virginia, including of switchblade (automatic) knives, will still remain in effect: “If any person carries about his person, hidden from common observation, (i) any dirk, bowie knife, switchblade knife, ballistic knife, machete, razor, … or (v) any weapon of like kind as those enumerated in this subsection…”

Holding a Virginia Concealed Handgun Permit doesn’t allow concealed carry of an automatic (switchblade) knife.

Knife Rights will never stop until all archaic knife restrictions in Virginia are repealed.

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COVID Alert App Was Plagued With Trust Issues, Government Report Admits

The Department of Health blamed Canadians’ lack of trust in government on the failure of the Covid Alert app rollout.

According to Blacklock’s Reporter, department staff wrote in a report that a majority of Canadians didn’t trust Ottawa to not collect their private information.

“Trust in government is clearly an issue. When asked if they believe the government does not collect their personal information and that it does not allow the Government of Canada to determine their location more than half of survey respondents, 52%, did not believe the government,” the report read.

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Freedom Canada Day Celebrations Press on Despite Additional Security Measures

Despite law enforcement in Ottawa enforcing a series of additional security measures, thousands of Canadians took part in freedom celebrations for Canada Day.

Organizers had initially planned a full day of freedom events in the nation’s capital, including on the lawn of the Supreme Court and on Parliament Hill.

However, the City of Ottawa announced that police would be restricting access to downtown on Canada Day and the federal government installed fencing at both the Supreme Court and Parliament.

Further, people wanting to access Parliament Hill on Canada Day were subjected to a security checkpoint. A long list of items were prohibited, including certain signs and banners.

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James Topp Gets Emotional After Touching the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

James Topp has been walking since February. He embarked on this journey in protest of Trudeau’s discriminatory vaccine mandates, and to help restore the country he calls home, Canada.

After a long time on the road, and a ton of sacrifices, Topp and his team finally arrived at the War Memorial.

He had one plan for that evening: Place his hand on the tomb of the unknown soldier, and give a speech which would help Canadians regain solidarity and get through this difficult time.

Topp therefore arrived, followed by thousands of Canadians who have been marching alongside him for different amounts of time. He was also accompanied by veterans who helped ensure the safety of everyone, and that everyone would remain law-abiding.

Topp’s arrival was very emotional for many, including him. As soon as he placed his hand on the tomb of the unknown soldier, he began crying.

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Low Income Canadians Most Hurt by Trudeau’s Second Carbon Tax

The Trudeau government’s second carbon tax will impact struggling lower income Canadians the most, a new analysis of the policy reveals.

According to an analysis published by the Canadian Press, the new “Clean Fuel Regulations” introduced by the governing Liberals could cost Canadian households up to an extra $301 — an additional 13 cents per litre at the pump by the year 2030.

While the government predictions say that the new program could shave 18 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions or up to 6% of current targets, it will come at a great price.

The Canadian Gross Domestic Product is expected to lose $9 billion as a result of the policy.

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Ottawa Antifa Stages a Protest Against James Topp. And Even They Don’t Know Why!

A small, loud, and par for the course, incomprehensible, group of Antifa protesters gathered near the National War Memorial in Ottawa. They were denouncing veteran James Topp as a “traitor” and a “fascist” according to some of the appalling signage on display.

But why? Is marching more than 4,300 km across Canada in the name of freedom a traitorous, fascist act? Well, yes — at least according those who comprise Antifa, who seem to consider freedom to be the new “F-word”.

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Quebec Immunology Professor Suspended for Criticizing COVID Vaccines for Kids

Censorship is essentially closing in on us, the internet, and experts in all fields who dare to advance a narrative that contradicts that of the government. Those who have this courage come up against heavy penalties. This was the case of Doctor René Lavigueur, a family doctor who wrote an article in the newspaper La Presse that in less than 24 hours was withdrawn by the media. For those who have not seen this previous Rebel News report, you can see it here.

Patrick Provost, RNA expert, professor and researcher at Université Laval, was recently suspended by the university for eight weeks because of his opinions, which were released last December, on RNA vaccination of children. On June 22, TVA Nouvelles and Le Journal de Québec published an article by Mr. Provost, which was once again censored and withdrawn. Here is our interview with Patrick Provost.

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TDF Lawyers Threatened With Arrest by the Ottawa Police — But Wouldn’t be Stopped!

Adam Blake-Gallipeau and Mark Joseph are two civil rights lawyers that work with the non-profit organization The Democracy Fund (TDF). Their role is to defend the civil rights of Canadians, as well as their constitutional freedoms.

While protests were occurring on Canada Day, multiple individuals were unlawfully arrested. For instance, the police gave a fine of over $1,000 to a man who simply wrote “Free Tamara Lich” on the ground with chalk, cornstarch, and water.

As previously reported by Rebel News, the police would not allow the lawyers to have their banner at the event.

After doing some ‘lawyering’ with the Ottawa Police, the TDF lawyers were able to determine that as long as the banner doesn’t touch the ground, they could carry it.

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‘The Freedom Convoy’: Andrew Lawton Joins Ezra Levant to Talk About His New Book

On last night’s episode of The Ezra Levant Show, True North’s Andrew Lawton (@AndrewLawton) joined Ezra to discuss his newly-released book entitled The Freedom Convoy: The Inside Story of Three Weeks That Shook The World.

The book is based on Andrew’s first-hand experience covering the convoy which spent three weeks in Ottawa before Justin Trudeau’s government invoked the Emergencies Act to shut it down.

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A Political Shift in Austria

A political earthquake is threatening Austria. The ÖVP continues to drop in the polls and is now in third place. The FPÖ can establish itself in second place under its pro-Russian chairman Herbert Kickl. Another disastrous result for the Chancellor’s Party, after the governing coalition of the ÖVP and the Greens lost the majority in the polls months ago.

The bad news for the formerly black and now turquoise People’s Party continues. The voters are leaving in droves. This was clearly shown by a survey conducted by the Lazarsfeld Society for Social Research with 2000 respondents in the 25th and 26th calendar week, with a fluctuation margin of only 2,24 percent.

According to the survey, the SPÖ is still in first place with 31 percent, followed by the FPÖ with 22 percent. This is followed by the Chancellor’s party with 21 percent and the small coalition partner the Greens with 10 percent as well as the Neos with 9 percent. The MFG stands at 4 percent and could possibly also make it into the National Council.

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Danish Police Say Several Dead After Copenhagen Mall Shooting

COPENHAGEN, July 3 (Reuters) — Several people were killed in a shooting at a shopping centre in Copenhagen on Sunday, Danish police said, adding they had arrested a 22-year-old Danish man and could not rule out it was an “act of terrorism”.

“There are several injured, and what we also know now is that there are several dead,” Chief Police Inspector Soren Thomassen told journalists, adding that police had launched a massive search operation throughout the local Zealand region.

Thomassen declined to speak about the suspect’s potential motives and whether he was known to police…

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Denmark: Three Killed in Copenhagen Mall Shooting, Suspect Arrested

Three people are dead and three others are critically wounded after a gunman opened fire on Sunday inside a packed shopping mall in the Danish capital of Copenhagen on Sunday, officials stated.

Police arrested a 22-year-old man in connection to the incident, Copenhagen police inspector Søren Thomassen told reporters, explaining that authorities do not believe anyone else was involved but an investigation is ongoing.

Police remain unsure of the motive but said they cannot rule out that it was an “act of terrorism,” the BBC reported.

Officials have not formally announced the exact number of people killed or wounded.

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Ireland: State Exams Slammed for Containing ‘Propaganda’ Pushing BLM, ‘White Privilege’, ‘Micro-Aggressions’

A populist politician in Ireland has slammed the country’s state exams as containing “pure propaganda” after pupils were presented with documents promoting Black Lives Matter and concepts like “White Privilege” and “Micro-Aggressions”.

Hermann Kelly, the President of the eurosceptic Irish Freedom Party, has slammed two country-wide exams administered in Ireland on Tuesday as containing “pure propaganda” that is “worthy only of a communist state”.

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Movie Review / ‘Ithaka’

“Ithaka” (M) *** and a half

TO understand the somewhat enigmatic title of this documentary, we need to make a brief visit to ancient mythology.

Odysseus, aka Ulysses (or vice versa) has set out for home after victorious Greek armies finished overwhelming Troy. Where’s home? It’s west of Greece on a little Ionian island.

One line from Virgil’s epic poem, “The Aeneid”, telling the story of his 10 years wandering the Mediterranean back to Ithaka lives as a modern proverb. Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes (beware of Greeks bearing gifts).

Whether it was writer/director Ben Lawrence or Julian Assange’s father John Shipton who chose “Ithaka” for the film’s title isn’t important. But it’s certainly an apposite summation for what it’s saying. US Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning personifies the Greeks. The gifts which she provided to WikiLeaks publisher Assange in 2010 are the leaks.

Subsequently, the US government launched and continues to pursue a criminal investigation into WikiLeaks for publishing secret and embarrassing information. There are those who will argue that this was a freedom-of-the-press matter.

And that has given rise to a worldwide movement of well-intentioned folk who nowadays constitute a public forum protesting against decisions of courts in several countries that Assange is, or is not, guilty of charges laid against him. Shipton is a leading figure in the activities of what has become something of a public industry.

I understand Shipton’s subdued wrath about the treatment that authorities are handing out to Assange. I sympathise with Assange’s fiancée Stella who has (presumably with the consent or connivance of authorities during prison visits) borne his two little boys. Those themes form a major component of the film. I feel anger about the treatment that Assange is still undergoing for having done something that apparently still waits for some legislature to turn into a crime.

But of Lawrence’s film, my feeling is that its punch might not have diminished by being shorter than 115 minutes (including a long credits sequence). And it’s no place for the words “happy ending”. Ithaka remains a destination craving to be reached. And with clarity, succinctly, this documentary explains why.

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Protesters Removed After Attempting to Enter Track at Start of British Grand Prix

A group of protesters who attempted to enter the track at the start of Sunday’s British Grand Prix were removed from the area.

The FIA and Formula 1 confirmed details of the attempted protest, which police issued a warning about earlier this week. The protest occured moments after the race was red-flagged due to Zhou Guanyu’s huge crash.

“We can confirm that after the red flag, several people attempted to enter the track. These people were immediately removed and the matter is now being dealt with by the local authorities.”

Valtteri Bottas said he saw the protesters on the track after the start and told his team about them on his radio. “It was really weird,” he said. “I’ve never seen like people on like almost on track.

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Seven Arrests Over Track Protest During British Grand Prix

In the round-up: Northamptonshire police have arrested seven people who entered the track during the opening lap of the British Grand Prix.

In brief

Seven arrested following track invasion at British Grand Prix

Northamptonshire Police arrested seven people involved in the invasion, who it reported were in custody at the end of the race. The group Stop Oil claimed it was behind the protest.

Chief inspector Tom Thompson, in charge of policing for the event, said: “I’m really disappointed that this group of people ignored our warnings prior to race-day and made the incredibly dangerous decision to enter the track.

“We offered to facilitate a peaceful event at the circuit but they instead chose to put the lives of the drivers, marshals and volunteers at risk. It is incredibly disappointing that anyone would make the decision to do this.”

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UK: Halifax Bank Threatens to Close Customer Accounts for “Inappropriate” Social Media Posts

British bank Halifax has threatened to close customer accounts and even report people to police if they post “inappropriate” content to the bank’s social media channels.

Halifax has been facing online backlash over the last week after the bank told people to close their account if they do not like the bank’s new pronoun policy on staff badges.

On Tuesday, the bank tweeted to its over 100,000 followers that it had a new policy to allow pronouns to be featured under staff’s names on their badges.

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UK: Julian Assange Submits High Court Appeal to Fight Extradition

Julian Assange is seeking permission to appeal against a decision to extradite him to the United States.

Last month, the UK Home Secretary Priti Patel approved the Wikileaks founder’s extradition to the US.

The High Court in London confirmed to the BBC an application by Mr Assange has been submitted.

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Ukraine Confirms Russia Captured Eastern City Lysychansk

Ukraine’s military has confirmed that the eastern city of Lysychansk has fallen to Russian forces.

“After heavy fighting for Lysychansk, the defence forces of Ukraine were forced to withdraw from their occupied positions and lines,” the army general staff said.

Earlier Russia’s Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said his forces had captured Lysychansk and taken full control of Luhansk region.

Ukraine’s troops were outgunned there.

Its general staff said that “in order to preserve the lives of Ukrainian defenders, a decision was made to withdraw”.

It said the Russians had multiple advantages in artillery, aircraft, manpower and other forces.

Earlier, the head of Russia’s Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, published video apparently showing Chechen fighters in the centre of Lysychansk.

Further west, the Ukrainian-held city of Slovyansk came under heavy shelling, with at least six people killed…

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Dutch Lawmaker Geert Wilders Supports Nupur Sharma Yet Again, Says ‘Radical Intolerant Jihadi Muslims’ Responsible for Udaipur Murder, Not Her

Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders has again defended former Bharatiya Janata Party spokesperson Nupur Sharma, saying she is not responsible for anything and should never apologise for speaking the truth about the Islamic prophet. This followed after some judges of the Supreme Court of India deemed the former BJP spokesman ‘responsible’ for the barbaric murder of Hindu man Kanhaiya Lal by two Islamists in Udaipur, Rajasthan.

In a tweet made on Friday, Wilders wrote, “I thought India had no sharia courts. She should never apologize for speaking the truth about #Muhammad. She is not responsible for Udaipur. Radical intolerant jihadi Muslims are responsible and nobody else. NupurSharma is a hero.”

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India: Bengal STF Seizes Huge Explosives From Sheikh Rintu of Birbhum. Extremist Angels Investigated

The Islamic Arsenal of Bengal.

STF seizes huge quantity of illegal Detonators and dry Ammonium Nitrate in WB’s Mohammadbazar and Nalhati. Godown owner Sheikh Rintu absconding.

Pradipta Roy | HENB | Kolkata | July 2, 2022:: The STF (Special Task Force) of the West Bengal Police seized a large quantity of detonators from Mohammadbazar in Birbhum on Thursday. Less than 24 hours after that incident, a large quantity of ammonium nitrate was recovered from Mohammadbazar and Nalhati.

According to STF sources, about 31 tons (26,500 kg) of ammonium nitrate has been recovered. Investigators are convinced that 61,000 pieces of detonators as well as a large amount of ammonium nitrate were stored for some bigger plan of subversive sabotage. Intensive investigations and searches have been launched to find out who was stockpiling these killing materials. Whether any militant organizations connected to Islamic or Maoist roots are behind it is also being investigated. Explosives experts say that RDX or nitrogel can be mixed with ammonium nitrate in large quantities to cause a large lethal explosion. What was rescued in Birbhum could be used to destroy a small to medium town. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has launched an investigation into the incident.

The STF recovered the detonator from a lorry in Mohammadbazar on Thursday. A lorry driver named Ashish Keora was arrested first. He was interrogated and it was learned that there were more explosives in the Laxmanmara stone quarry area of Nalhati. The STF then raided the place on Friday morning. As soon as they entered a godown, their eyes widened. As can be seen, ammonium nitrate filled bags are scattered everywhere. About 600 sacks of ammonium nitrate were seized. More explosives to match in a godown next door. The STF claimed that a record amount of explosives had been recovered.

They came to know that one Muslim Rintu Sheikh is the owner of this godown. He has been on the run since the detonator was recovered. According to the information available to the investigators, ammonium nitrate was brought from various factories in Jharkhand. These factories only supply explosives to licensed individuals or organizations. How it came to Rintu Sheikh’s godown without a license is being investigated.

According to STF sources, the explosives reached Sheikh Rintu through at least three or four channels from Jharkhand. However, investigators try to uncover several others from Nalhati are involved in this cycle. It is learned that Sheikh Rintu, the owner of the concerned godown, works in a local quarry. Initially suspected, these explosives may have been brought in for the Maoists. Apart from this, the fear of JMB (Jamaat ul Mujaheedin Bangladesh) and other militant organizations being involved in the whole issue is not being dispelled. Birbhum came to the fore during the Khagragarh blast incident in 2014. The presence of the top heads of the JMB and the search for the sleeper cell were found there. Whether there is anything like that in this case too, that is the direction of the investigation now.

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Australians Are Urged to Have ‘Courage’ To Stand Up to China as the Despotic Regime Begins to ‘Shape the World in a Way We’Ve Not Seen Before’

Defence Minister Richard Marles said the communist dictatorship, and in particular its policies on the South China Sea, were a direct threat not only to the ‘global rules based order’ but to Australia.

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Australia Finally Ends Harsh COVID International Border Restrictions

International visitors are no longer required to be vaccinated to enter Australia with restrictions set to be axed from midnight on Wednesday.

The rule change brings to an end Digital Passenger Declaration forms as the nation moves towards Covid-normal scrapping one of its most restricvtive travel requirements.

Overseas arrivals to Australia will no longer have to be vaccinated against Covid-19, signalling an end to all border restrictions, reports the Daily Mail.

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Glamorous Heiress, 45, Charged With Having Sex With 14-Year-Old Boy Four Times in One Day

An Australian horse heiress is saddled with charges after being accused of having sex with a 14-year-old boy four times in a single day.

Savannah Daisley, 45, faced Waverley Local Court in Sydney on Tuesday on child sex abuse allegations, with Judge Jaqueline Milledge denying her bail over the “quite disturbing” allegations.

The glamorous mother of two, who is the daughter of famed Aussie horse breeder Ross Daisley, strongly denies the accusations and intends to plead not guilty.

Cops claim an unbridled Daisley molested the minor four times before 5 p.m. on May 20 last year. It’s unclear whether the pair were known to each other prior to the alleged acts.

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How Sydney Crime Figures Are Quietly Moving From the Western Suburbs to Hide Out in ‘Safe Houses’ In Trendy Harbourside Areas — With Deadly Consequences

Bikie Yusuf Nazlioglu is the latest to be targeted in Sydney’s upmarket suburbs after he was gunned down in a hail of bullets on Monday in the car park of his waterside apartment in ritzy Rhodes.

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Kenya: Woman Allegedly Stabs Her Husband to Death for Buying Cigarettes With Money Meant for Food

A woman was arrested on Sunday, July 3, for allegedly killing her husband in Kitale village, Trans Nzoia County, Kenya, following disagreement over Sh100.

The 29-year-old woman is alleged to have attacked and stabbed her husband in the chest with a kitchen knife for allegedly using the Sh100 meant for food to buy cigarettes.

Matisi Nyumba Kumi official, Paul Ngoya Barasa, who confirmed the incident said the woman escaped lynching from members of the public following the incident.

“I was heading to Miti Mbili area when I saw a mob beating up the woman who had allegedly stabbed her husband using a kitchen knife,” he told Nation. Africa.

The victim, who had received first aid at a local dispensary, was later pronounced dead on arrival at Kitale County Hospital…

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Livestream: World’s Largest Medical Conference Skeptical of Dr. Fauci and Big Pharma

Right now in Brazil, the world’s leading doctors who are skeptical of the official Covid policy are meeting at a unique conference. It’s called the “World Council for Health — Doctors for Life” and it includes scientists, doctors and public policy experts.

(Brazil is an interesting location for such a conference, as its president, Jair Bolsonaro, has been a vocal critic of Covid dogma, and has personally refused to be vaccinated.)

We’re live-streaming the conference right now, courtesy of BrightLight News, which is on location.

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YouTube Suspends Legislative Assembly of São Paulo for COVID “Misinformation”

YouTube suspended Alesp, the Legislative Assembly of the Brazilian state of São Paulo over Covid “misinformation.” The channel was suspended for seven days. Its content was available, but no new continent could be streamed or uploaded for the period of the suspension.

The suspension came after State Representative Douglas Garcia showed a documentary titled “Lockdown, a story of disinformation and power” during a hearing that was being live-streamed on YouTube.

The documentary criticizes mask-wearing and social isolation, the two main measures enforced to limit the spread of Covid during the pandemic in Brazil and all over the world.

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Axed Judge Speaks Out on DOJ Effort to Pack Immigration Courts With Amnesty Judges

President Joe Biden’s deputies are firing some of the pro-American immigration judges appointed by President Donald Trump.

Immigration judges are hired by the Department of Justice to decide when migrants should be deported or allowed to stay in the United States.

President Joe Biden’s deputies are firing some of the pro-American immigration judges appointed by President Donald Trump.

Immigration judges are hired by the Department of Justice to decide when migrants should be deported or allowed to stay in the United States.

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Orban Announces New Border Police Force

Hungary, currently facing renewed massive migration pressure at its southern border, is reorganising its border protection. The military and the police are to be relieved and a new authority is to be created.

Hungary’s President Orban now announced in parliament that he had given the order to set up a completely new authority within the police by September, which will be exclusively responsible for border protection.

In his response to a speech by faction leader Lazlo Toroczkai of the right-wing Mi Hazank party, Orban mentioned a “new body within the police, but it will not consist of policemen and not of soldiers, and it will deal exclusively with border protection”.

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Poland Accepts 4.51 Mln Refugees Since War in Ukraine Started

Since February 24, when Russia invaded Ukraine, 4.51 million people have crossed the Polish-Ukrainian border into Poland, the Border Guard (SG) tweeted on Sunday morning.

According to the SG, on Saturday, Border Guard officers carried out around 25,700 border checks on people entering Poland from Ukraine, and by 7:00 a.m. on Sunday the number of arrivals had reached around 7,300 people.

The Border Guard also said that 2.56 million people had left Poland for Ukraine since the beginning of the war. On Saturday, 29,800 people crossed the border from Poland to Ukraine.

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UK Has Given £310m to Strasbourg Body That Blocked Rwanda Flight… While Officials Repeatedly Reject Requests to Reveal Judge’s Identity

Britain is spending millions of pounds a year on the human rights body whose judges grounded Priti Patel’s Rwanda asylum flight.

The UK Government is one of the largest financial contributors to the Council of Europe, whose 46 members include the dictatorship of Azerbaijan.

The council, which has received £310million from Britain over the past decade, is aimed at promoting democracy and the rule of law. But its human rights tsar Dunja Mijatovic has criticised Home Secretary Miss Patel over her attempts to stop migrants crossing the Channel.

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“I Won’t Apologize, “ Peterson Refuses to Back Down After Suspension on Twitter

Renowned Canadian author and psychologist Dr. Jordan B. Peterson is refusing to back down after being temporarily suspended on Twitter for tweeting about transgender actor Elliot Page.

On June 28, Twitter claimed the University of Toronto professor violated the site’s “hateful conduct” policy after Peterson referred to Page’s former name prior to transition (Ellen Page) and suggested that a “criminal physician” removed the actor’s breasts. Peterson was responding to an article by the New York Post in which Page was boasting about introducing a trans character on Netflix’s Umbrella Academy.

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Heartstopper Cast Dance and Bop Defiantly in Front of Anti-LGBT Protesters at London Pride as Over One Million People Take to the Capital’s Streets

This is the moment stars of Netflix hit comedy Heartstopper danced their way past anti-LGBT protesters who tried to spoil London Pride yesterday.

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New Offices, Schools, Hospitals in England Must Offer Single-Sex Bathrooms: Report

Newly built offices, schools, hospitals and entertainment venues in England will be required to include separate single-sex bathrooms under soon-to-be-released rules, according to a new report.

The UK parliament will announce this week that it is seeking to prevent non-residential buildings from being built solely with “universal,” or all-gender, restrooms, The Telegraph revealed Saturday.

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Private Schools Across America Partner With Organization That Encourages Child Transgenderism

The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) hosted an online professional development conference in partnership with Gender Spectrum, a leftwing organization that encourages child transgenderism and even partners with surgeons who perform sex change operations on children.

The NAIS, which is responsible for the accreditation of over 1,800 private schools across America, hosted a five-day conference titled the Inclusive Schools Network Institute in conjunction with Gender Spectrum, an organization that pushes transgenderism on children and advances leftwing beliefs on gender in K-12 classrooms.

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The Woke Inquisitors Have Come for the Freethinking Heretics

Attacks on free speech are on the rise. A British college recently expelled a student for expressing support for the government’s official policy of deporting illegal immigrants. A Wisconsin school district charged three middle-schoolers with sexual harassment last month for refusing to use the plural pronoun “they” when referring to a single classmate. US President Joe Biden’s National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy recently encouraged social media companies to censor from their online platforms any opinions that contradict Biden’s climate change narrative.

In its continued commitment to preserve the government’s monopoly over COVID-19 information, Twitter actually suspended a medical doctor for merely sharing a scientific study that suggests the Pfizer vaccine affects male fertility. And the NFL’s Washington Commanders fined defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio $100,000 and forced him to apologize only weeks ago for having expressed his opinion that 2020’s summer of riots across the United States after George Floyd’s death was more destructive than the few hours of mayhem at the Capitol on January 6, 2021.

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UK: J.K. Rowling Targeted by Apparent ‘Pipe Bomb’ Threat From Trans Flag Social Media Account

A social media post by an account with a transgender flag in its name appearing to threaten or encourage the bombing of trans-critical author J.K Rowling’s home has generated significant outcry online.

Outcry and calls for police intervention have emerged after trans-critical author J.K. Rowling appeared to be threatened by a social media account with a transgender flag in its name.

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